1856 in the United States

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1856 in the United States included some significant events that pushed the nation closer towards civil war.

Incumbents[edit]

Federal Government[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

May 22: Preston Brooks attacks Charles Sumner.

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Ongoing[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 1 – John M. Berrien, United States Senator from Georgia from 1841 till 1852. (born 1781)
  • April 26 – George Troup, United States Senator from Georgia from 1816 till 1818 and from 1829 till 1833. (born 1780)
  • May 5 – William Crosby Dawson, United States Senator from Georgia from 1849 till 1855. (born 1798)
  • May 31 – John Milton Niles, United States Senator from Connecticut from 1835 till 1839 and from 1843 till 1849. (born 1787)
  • July 9
  • September 7 – Almon W. Babbitt, Mormon pioneer and first secretary/treasurer of Utah Territory (born 1812)
  • November 9 – John M. Clayton, United States Senator from Delaware from 1829 till 1836, from 1845 till 1849 and from 1853 till 1856. (born 1796)

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